Weekly Digest - Oct. 3
City of Golden /  911 10th Street  /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
Deadline extended for Mayor's Awards for Excellence Submissions!

Mayor Marjorie Sloan is gearing up for the 7 th annual Mayor's Awards for Excellence event, and she needs your nominations to tell us who in the Golden community has really made a difference! The deadline has been extended, so you now have until 5 p.m. Oct. 7 - don't wait!

This year, the City of Golden is teaming up with the Colorado School of Mines for this event to highlight our partnerships and how we can work together to make Golden even greater.

There are two award categories in which to nominate. The first is for residents and/or businesses who contribute to Golden in an extraordinary way. Nominations should explain the contributions the nominee makes to the Golden community and why these contributions are exceptional.
The second will be the "Town & Gown" award for an individual or group of individuals who, through their extraordinary efforts, support the Colorado School of Mines and the Golden community. This individual or group, through their actions, exhibits commitment and dedication to the betterment of Mines and Golden.

If you know a person or a company that fits either of these categories, please tell us about them! You can submit your nominations online, by email to  bgoldstein@cityofgolden.net, or in person at City Hall.

There's a lot happening in Golden this week, so please keep reading to get the full scoop. Have a great week!

Your friends at the City of Golden
Current Projects
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Linking Lookout (US 6 & 19th St. Interchange)
Caisson construction is complete. Concrete forms for columns are being constructed and the contractor has started pouring columns. Column and Pier Cap work will continue through October 29 and will include Saturday work, that will not affect traffic. 
The contractor will be completing soil amendments/native seeding for the areas beyond the ramps in all 4 quadrants. They will be starting in the southwest this week and proceeding counter-clockwise. There will be some lane closures on US 6 associated with this activity.
The contractor is planning a closure of US 6 for the weekend of October 22.This closure will be only between 19th and SH 58, but for westbound US 6 traffic, we will be encouraging regional through traffic to detour at Johnson Road and not wait until 19th Street detour. We expect congestion on 19th to be severe, and the more that only local traffic uses it the better. The closure is needed to complete a stormwater crossing under 6th Ave. There will be more information as we get closer to the actual date.
Watch this notice next week, and the Linking Lookout web page for closure information and detour maps.
There is a construction viewing in the northwest corner that can be accessed from Parfet Estates Drive. Please park legally. 

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10th Street Temporary Closure

Heads up! On Monday October 10, 10th St will be closed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Vasquez St to Easley Rd.  
High Water Bills this Summer

Water bills go out later this week and, based on demand at the water treatment plant, we expect them to be high as compared to 2014 and 2015. Demand in June, July and August was approximately 20% higher than the previous two years and remained high into September (see graph here). 

Looking at weather data this is not surprising given how little precipitation we've received since May.
2016 Utility Replacement

Work on 10th St waterline will be completed Wednesday.  Sewer manhole replacements in Arapahoe Gulch continue for the next few weeks. We have found three manholes and roughly 400 ft. of 6" sewer main that was not shown on any maps.
Street Improvements

We have completed the majority of the program. 

On Oct. 10, 2016 the contractor will be back to put the final lift on 10th St. from Vasquez to the railroad tracks. This will require the road to be closed for one day. Message boards will be placed in advanced to warn people.
19th Street Traffic Calming Project

Last week we completed the paving for the bike lane on the north side. The concrete contractor will return to begin building the landscape islands and intersections.
Water Tank Coating Projects

Contractor will mobilize to the tank at 417 Defrance Way this week.
Power Pole Replacement

A right of way permit has been pulled for replacement of power poles along Ford St. from Hwy 58 to Idaho.
New Water Meter
Water Meter Replacement project

Replacements continue citywide with approximately 3,300 meters replaced to date. More than 500 residents have signed up for the Aquahawk water meter customer portal.
Contact Les Major at 303-384-8170 or Keith Mehls at 303-384-8171 with questions regarding this project.
Upcoming Events
JeffCo Innovators' Workshop: RARE PETRO
What do you get when you combine two of Colorado's hottest industries?

Join the JeffCo Innovators' Workshop at Old Capitol Grill on Washington Street in the heart of downtown Golden for our October Innovators' Workshop on October 4.

We'll hear from Anthony McDaniels, P.E. and partner John Bernazzani, the founders of Rare Petro talk about their rise from Colorado School of Mines students to owners of a unique business that offers not only engineering services for the oil & gas industry, but exciting mobile apps that improve workflow and efficiency.

The workshop is free, but  please RSVP in advance .
Astor House Historic Rehabilitation Project Public Meeting
Members of the public who are interested in learning about the historic structural rehabilitation project at Astor House and a proposal for a feasibility study to create a new Colorado Beer Museum located at the building are invited to attend a meeting on October 4, 6 p.m. at the Golden History Center.

Attendees will view a presentation about the projects, learn about the process and progress, and offer questions and comments to museum staff.

Learn more and let us know if you'll be able to make it on our Facebook Event page.
Planning Commission Meeting
The Planning Commission will meet on October 5 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street in Golden.

At the meeting, Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing to review a request for Site Plan and Special Use Permit (SUP) approval for a retail automotive sales business (Carmax) with outdoor lighting.

For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our  Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page
Public Art Commission Meeting
The Public Art Commission will meet on October 6 at 9 a.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street in Golden.

At the meeting, PAC will consider the following:
  • Deaccession Second Opinion
  • Selection of material choice for Entryway Art Piece
  • 2017-2018 Budget
For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our  Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page
Walk to School Day

The Golden Police Department will have officers participating in Walk to School Day, Oct. 5, interacting with students and parents and ensuring the walk to school is safe and fun for everyone.

Three local schools are participating in Walk to School Day: Free Horizon Montessori, Shelton Elementary, and Mitchell.

7th Annual Coyote 5K Classic
The 7th Annual Coyote 5K Classic and 1 mile fun run both kick off on Oct. 9 at Shelton Elementary next to Apex open space providing stunning views of Golden's Table Mountains and Boulder's Flatirons. Last year's participants ranged from little ones to 75-year-olds.

Expect challenging hills and stunning views while you enjoy this one of a kind community event. All registrants receive a great tech t-shirt and all kids in both the 5K and 1 mile receive a finisher medal! The top three male and female runners receive a voucher for brand new running shoes from Vital Outdoors (worth $110) for the 5K. Event activities include food, face painter, obstacle course, music and basket raffle.

GURA Meeting
The Golden Urban Renewal Authority will meet on October 10 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street in Golden.

For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our  Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page
Economic Development Committee Meeting
The Economic Development Commmittee will meet on October 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Golden Public Works Building at 1445 10th Street in Golden.

For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our  Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page
Candidate Forum for the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners
Have you ever wondered what county commissioners do and why they are important to Jefferson County?

Attend a candidate forum on October 11 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Jefferson Unitarian Church to learn about their role in addressing the issues of homelessness, affordable housing and mental health services in Jefferson County. Hear from the candidates themselves about their positions on these important issues.

Be informed before you vote!
Jefferson County Public Library
Golden Library Events - Oct. 4 - 11

*Please note - Golden Library will be closed on Oct. 10 for staff in-service and training.
  • Lego Play and Build (Oct. 4 & 11, 4 p.m.) -You're never too old (or young!) to play with LEGOs! Join the Golden Library all-ages LEGO Play and Build program. Build something based on the month's theme or use your imagination! Everyone is welcome, just drop-in. Space is limited, however, and program is limited to 45 participants.
  • DIY Lab: Golden Fleece Fiber Fellowship (Oct. 4, 5:30 p.m.)
    It's double the high fiber fun at the Golden Library! Do you sew? Knit? Crochet? Embroider? Spin? Weave? Want to? Come to Golden Library's DIY Lab on the first Tuesday of the month (and select Sundays) to show us your work in progress. Or bring a project idea and your curiosity and we'll get you started.
    Suitable for: Adults
  • DIY Lab: Pressed Leaves (Oct. 5, 4 p.m.) -
    If you love to invent, create and reimagine things, then this DIY Lab is the place for you! We'll be making and experimenting in this awesome, hands-on program! No registration required - just come and join in on the fun.  Today's theme: Enjoy the colors of fall leaves? Join us and make your own fall leaf pressed art. We will provide the leaves but if you have some around your area you would love to preserve bring them along!  Grownups can join and make one as well!
    Suitable for: Ages 6 - 10
  • Homework Help (Oct. 5 & 6, 4 p.m.)Sharpen your pencils and your skills! We know you love your parents, but let's get real--sometimes it's easier to get homework help from someone else. Look to the library! The Golden Library and Colorado School of Mines Phi Gamma Delta fraternity are here to help. We invite students in grades 1-12 to stop in and get help in any subject. Drop-ins welcome. From 4 - 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays  |  Sept. 7 - Dec. 8 (*Except 11/24) Suitable for: Grades 1 - 12 
  • Public Event: Public College Planning Discussion (Oct. 5, 6 p.m.) Discussion on what families can and should do to prepare for college that gives them the best opportunity to reduce the cost.
  • DIY Lab (Oct. 6, 5:30 p.m.)Do you like to tinker, invent and reimagine things? Drop in and use our DIY space to get creative. All ages are welcome during our weekly open lab. Kids, if you're under 12, please bring your grownup to join and supervise you.   Suitable for: All ages.
  • Star Wars Reads Day (Oct. 8, 11:30 a.m.) - Whether you are a Jedi or a Sith, a member of the Rebel Alliance or the Galactic Empire, all are welcome to celebrate Star Wars Reads Day at the Golden Library! We will have crafts and games through out the day for all ages. Costumes are encouraged! You don't have to travel to a galaxy far, far away. It's Star Wars Reads Day and we'll learn to use the force to build a lightsaber from scratch. 
    We're offering two lightsaber workshops - 11:30 a.m. and 12:30. Registration is required for the workshops at the Golden Library.
    Suitable for: Ages 6 and up
  • PAWS for Reading (Oct. 8, 2 p.m.) - Come read with a four-legged friend from the Animals 4 Therapy program! Did you know that dogs are the perfect reading companions? They create a relaxed, comfortable and safe environment for sharing books. Registration is recommended by visiting the library or calling 303-235-5275.* Sessions take place on the 1st and 2nd Saturday of the month. Suitable for: Kids who can read on their own.
  • Socially Responsible Investing (Oct. 11, 6 p.m.) - Greg Lessard, CRPC® of Aspen Leaf Partners, offers a brief history of the increase in socially responsible investing, what it means, and shows returns for some of the investments that focus on this issue. Learn how to seek companies engaged in social justice, environmental sustainability and alternative energy/clean technology efforts. Do some good while your investments are doing well!
    Suitable for: Adults
For more information or to register for programs that require pre-registration, please visit the Golden Library website .
Around Town
All Jeffco Public Libraries Closed Oct. 10

All Jefferson County Public Library locations will be closed Monday, Oct. 10, for the Library's annual staff in-service and training. Patrons will still be able to return materials at the libraries and access materials and resources via  jeffcolibrary.org.

All libraries will reopen Tuesday, Oct. 11 for normal business hours.
National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 9 - 13

National Fire Prevention Week is coming up October 9 -13!

October 9 commemorates the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. This tragic event killed 300 people and left more than 100,000 people homeless. Fire safety has come a long way since then, but it's only as good as our preparedness.

National Fire Prevention Week is a great reminder to change the batteries on your fire alarms, and go through the Fire and Life Safety checklist to make sure you're prepared. The theme this year of National Fire Prevention week is "Don't Wait-Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 years".

Public Art Materials Survey

The Public Art Commission (PAC) would like your input for the next piece of public art that is created. The PAC selected Don Kennell to create a work of art for the roundabout near King Soopers. This piece of art will serve as an entryway into Golden.  

For more information about the project and to provide your input visit our survey page.

Fall Foliage on a Bike!

Avoid traffic in the mountains and take a ride along Clear Creek and through downtown Golden to see fall foliage. Don't have a bike? Check one out from the Golden Bike Library. It's FREE for two hours of $10 for a full day.

If you haven't tried the Golden Bike Library yet, now is a great time! Learn more at www.goldenbikelibrary.com.